Hoopnetting Tips & Tricks 3

7. Before I separate the tail from the carapace of the lobster, I put the lobster in a plastic grocery bag in the freezer for half an hour to help put them to sleep as it were. Then I remove them from the bag and if they don’t move around I separate the tails at the point. I then put the carapace back in the bag and freeze it until it goes out in the trash. Right after I separate the lobster tail, I remove the digestive vein running through it. (See Cleaning Lobsters Page for details).

8. When pulling up your hoop nets, you should do it quickly and without angles. When setting up to pull your hoops, you should approach them under control. This is where a kayak really shines. I approach the hoop net and grab the three feet of tag line and set it over the side of the kayak, then I lift the float on the deck. I’ll put just a bit of lift on the main line to see what kind of angle I would have if I pulled it up then. If there is little or no angle, I pull it up as quick as I can. I’ll bring it out of the water, but beside the vessel or kayak. That way if there are crabs, maybe a irritated eel, or a fin fish you don’t want you can just flip the net over and dump them back out.  Whatever you do don’t use gaskets for this! The less of an angle there is when you’re pulling the hoop net up, the better. When a lobster feels the hoop raise up, it’s gonna start trying to escape. If you have drastic angles in the nets when you are pulling them up, you could be making it easier for them to escape.